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  • PicMorDaisies
    Edmonton, Canada913 contributions
    Oslo has many wonderful museums but I have to say that this one is my favorite. We spent a few hours there and I could have spent even more time. I learned so much about the various Polar Expeditions involving Norwegian explorers and others as well. As a Canadian I was particularly interested to learn about Amundsen's voyage through the Northwest Passage and the time he spent with the Inuit and what he learned from them which was useful on his later trip to the South Pole. It was great to be able to walk right onto the Fram, the actual ship that Amundsen took to Antarctica on his historic voyage. Don't miss this museum which is easily reached by ferry. The entrance fee (and the ferry trip) are both included in the Oslo City Pass.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • haydi t
    Oslo, Norway4 contributions
    Viking ship museum is full of history, among the best in Norway, especially in ships.
    I highly recommend it
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • charlene_veverka
    Wilton, Australia255 contributions
    Great way to spend a sunny day exploring the open air museum that has staff dressed in traditional Norwegian folk wear and doing demonstrations throughout the museum.

    Lots of places you can sit down and enjoy the pleasant scenery of the traditional houses, church, farm land, school, English style garden, etc.

    There are also side museums from the main courtyard that give information on traditional Sami lifestyle, modern day Norway and history of Norway through the ages.

    You can easily spend half a day wandering through this very informative museum - so wear comfortable shoes and bring snacks.

    Easy to get to using the bus or ferry network. Definitely recommend - especially if you have children.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • charlene_veverka
    Wilton, Australia255 contributions
    Lovely parkland that is easy to get to from the main city centre.

    Lots of greenery, park benches throughout and walking/biking trails.

    Main draw is obviously the beautiful Vigeland sculptures that you can admire from the entrance of the main gateway through to the giant monolith at the back.

    Great place to have a picnic on a warm summer day, but if you want to avoid the crowds, go either early morning or late evening.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • midway42
    Minnesota2,936 contributions
    Norway’s tradition of opera is by modern standards fairly recent. The world-famous soprano Kirsten Flagstad put the country on the map after her debut at the Met in 1935, and she became the country’s first Opera Director in 1957. The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Company ensued, and garnered enough attention and resources to build a home for their performances. In 1999 the Norwegian legislature confirmed construction of the theater, and 350 entires were submitted. The Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta was declared the winner, and the rest is history. Construction took four years and over 700 million dollars, and the current Opera House was opened to the public in 2008.

    I passed by here on a whim, to confirm the pier that my cruise to Oscarsburg was going to depart from later in the week. The exterior of the building was so striking I spontaneously decided to visit and walked around the roof for maybe thirty minutes. This was a bit of a surreal experience, as you can literally go down to the water’s edge and fifteen minutes later be on the apex of the roof with views across the harbor. As there were no performances, I decided to take a fifty minute walking tour later that week. This was well done, starting in the foyer and continuing to the medium and large performance halls, as well as the back stage lifts and costume shop. Our docent was well versed in the history of the venue as well as the current operations.

    In summary, despite the fact I didn’t get to see a performance, this was a worthwhile visit. First, the building is simply magnificent to look at. While the exterior is striking, the interior is more subtle but no less impressive. I’m not an “architectural expert” by any means but certainly on a visceral level this was a worthwhile stop. Second, the behind-the-scenes perspective of the amount of time, effort, people, and money that it takes to run a venue and opera/ballet performance was fascinating. My only small quibble would be that the tour only focussed on the interior of the building; an extra (final?) stop outside to explain the roof and maybe the “She Lies” sculpture would have made a good presentation perfect.

    Recommended. Even those without an interest in the performing arts will enjoy a rooftop walk and the accompanying views. Others will want to take a tour and, hopefully on my next visit, a performance.
    Written July 31, 2022
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  • Beatriz M
    Düsseldorf, Germany5,159 contributions
    I took the Oslo Fjord boat tour that takes 2 hours and I think it is a nice activity for a sunny day. The weather was wonderful. The boat passes by many islands. It is nothing incredible but the atmosphere is nice and it is cool to observe the little summer houses. The ticket cost me 330 krona because I had the discount from the Oslo pass. You can take the boat from the pier near the city hall. They have departures at 10 30, 13 oclock and some other times. Check online. And take jacket and scarf with you because it is windy.
    Written June 13, 2022
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  • permia
    Ireland37,813 contributions
    It’s a thrilling visit to a champion ski area and conveniently reached by metro.

    In the fine exhibition hall a collection from explorer and polymath Fridtjof Nansen’s oeuvre is displayed. Other themes of explorations in artic and frozen territories are also shown.

    It was thrilling to ascend to the high point of the ski jump. Panoramic vistas of the countryside and cityscape against the deep azure of the sky were fabulous.

    An added treat was to see the zip wire in action, with adventurous partakers holding on tight while whizzing through the air.
    Written August 13, 2022
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  • permia
    Ireland37,813 contributions
    A visionary is just one of the best titles to bestow on Thor Heyerdahl. For his pioneering thinking and pursuits he has been awarded numerous honours and has an incomparable legacy.

    Reasons why are perfectly displayed here. It was fabulous to see the Kon-Tiki raft that Thor and his crew of 5 used in 1947 to traverse about 8000 kms from South America to Polynesia.

    This odyssey was only one of the many sea voyages undertaken by the explorer. Even though the Kon-Tiki is likely the most famous exhibit, Ra II is also to be seen.

    After the first Ra boat floundered in the sea, version II was built by reed boat experts, namely Indians from the Andes mountain region. In 1970 she sailed over 6000 kms from Morocco to Barbados with Thor and his crew on board.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Mads
    Trondheim, Norway23 contributions
    Obligatory to visit during a sunny day in the summer months in Oslo. A moderate and enjoyable walk from the city centre.
    Written August 16, 2022
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  • charlene_veverka
    Wilton, Australia255 contributions
    Beautiful museum located on the outskirt of the actual park. Lots of information of the various forms of artwork Vigeland undertook during his time and the intricacies that were involved to bring his ideas to life.

    If you do have time to visit the museum it is a great way to get more understanding of the length of time to design and put together the magnificent sculptures found in the park.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Jyrki
    Rovaniemi, Finland38 contributions
    Visited this refreshing place during my latest trip to Oslo and I was pleasantly surprised by the place. Nice gravel path around the lake with multiple stops and plenty of opportunities to take photographs of birds and other wildlife. I saw, and photographed, at least one treecreeper, many starlings and blackbirds and couple of large geese too. Being an amateur photographer and enjoying walks and treks in wild, having this kind of place so near and so easily accessed from city centre is a big plus.

    Nice place, even in early spring with snow and ice, I can only imagine what this place looks like when it's warmer and everything is fresh green.
    Written April 11, 2022
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  • Jamie P
    3 contributions
    We booked into our hotel and walked to Aker Brygge, we came at sunset and it was stunning as the sunset over the fjord!

    It’s a great harbour full of restaurants, shops and stunning boats! We wandered through the shops exploring and ate at Burger Joint (reviewed)!

    Worth a visit for its cool atmosphere!
    Written June 27, 2022
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  • Esther P
    Chicago, IL1,318 contributions
    The main reason a tourist would want to visit this peninsula is to visit the several museums: the Folk Museum, the Maritime Museum, The Fram Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum. These museums are a stop on the hop-on-hop-off bus.
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • Mercman111
    Twyford, UK252 contributions
    Within the grounds of the castle is the excellent Resistance Museum. Do not rush this attraction. Take your time to read all the intriguing tales of the Norwegian Resistance. It might be small, but it is a real gem.
    Written July 28, 2022
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  • Emma
    Crete, Greece17 contributions
    Went to “INFORMATION (Today)” and had a really great guide who took us through most of the museum. Had a good time, would recommend!
    Written March 27, 2022
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